butter bean

noun

Definition of butter bean

  1. 1 chiefly Southern US and Midland US a :  lima bean 2 The name butter bean is used chiefly for either a small white or pale green lima bean or a large white to tannish lima bean. For heartier appetites, a pair of succulent spring lamb chops cozy up to baby herbed lima beans (sometimes known as butter beans). — Better Homes and Gardens … we sampled big, silk-textured butter beans shimmering in their juices … — Jane and Michael Stern b :  a plant (Phaseolus lunatus) that bears butter beans

  2. 2 :  wax bean

  3. 3 :  a green shell bean especially as opposed to a snap bean

1821

First Known Use of butter bean

1821


BUTTER BEAN Defined for English Language Learners

butter bean

noun

Definition of butter bean for English Language Learners

  • : a kind of small, flat bean : a small lima bean

  • : a lima bean that is dried before it is sold


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